In its first few weeks of testing, the new system of Vineacity has proven to be a better model than the previous Positive Feedback %. We think that most would agree that the six measures of Vineacity create a more well rounded image of a user's conduct around the site. This post speaks directly to one of those six branches.
Many have wondered what it takes to acquire the Random Act of Vineness branch. Well, there is no set criterion. Basically, the RAV branch represents the fact that a user has had a shining moment in relation to Newsvine. This is the only branch that is given to an individual, or group of individuals who work together, on a discretionary basis by the Newsvine Team. Receiving the RAV means that you and/or your team have done something above and beyond the normal call of duty in regards to spreading or creating goodness.
The first Random Act of Vineness award goes to two Newsvine members who have each had a long history of colorful contributions to the Vine. Both of them have helped to put us on the map in major ways, but the award goes to each of them for slightly different reasons that are tied to recent events.
College senior at The Ohio State University, majoring in Communications and Media Production and Analysis. Corey is the quintessential Newsviner. He's opinionated, entertaining and well written. His articles typically pull in a wide array of commentary from people around the Vine.
Corey was chosen by the Newsvine Team to receive the Random Act of Vineness award for his work in spearheading an effort by Newsvine users and people in his local community to support the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life fundraising event in Grove City, Ohio. Team Newsvine, led by Corey Spring, succeeded in raising a whopping $2,190.37, easily surpassing the goal of $1500 and taking first place among fundraising teams (as of the time of this posting. Hats off to Cunningham's Crew for keeping it neck and neck along the way).
Intergalactic Seeding Machine and the earliest interstate Newsvine user. TJ was the first user to reach 500 seeded links and set the benchmark for many users to follow in supplying Newsvine with quality articles from around the web. His sharp analysis and courteous demeanor have continued to serve as a reminder to others around the Vine that it's not only what you say, it's how you say it.
TopJedi is receiving the Random Act of Vineness award for two reasons: First, he came up with the idea for Newsviners to work together toward a philanthropic goal, spurring Corey Spring to come up with the ACS Relay For Life idea. TopJedi has often come up with helpful pieces on how to make the Vine better in general, but this time he surpassed even those good deeds by spreading the love beyond the bounds of the internet and into the lives of people who deserve to be helped. Second, TopJedi graciously donated his home on Newsvine, top.newsvine.com, back to Newsvine for the purpose of the Top Of The Vine page. He did this without a second thought, knowing that other Newsviners would appreciate the clean and intuitive URL that houses the cream of the crop around here. You can now find his column over at tj.newsvine.com.
Many out there have done terrific things deserving of the RAV branch, but we've decided to start from scratch, mostly because we like the idea of making an announcement when the good deed is done, but also because we have to leave something to be gained for you prolific users :)
The Wall of Vineacity page lists all recipients of the Random Act of Vineness award.
Congrats to Corey Spring and TopJedi, we hope you all agree that these two guys deserve nothing less than recognition for their contributions the American Cancer Society and to Newsvine. We'd also like to thank the following Newsvine members and friends for their participation in and contribution to the Relay For Life event (in no particular order):
- Greg Hoke
- Mykola Bilokonsky
- Brian Ford
- Mark Budos
- Samuel Firman
- Mario Francoeur
- Jimmy Gardener
- Ashley Hatcher
- Shelly Ford
- Tom Laramee
- Jamie & Carol Stillman
- Milkdud Tang
- Walt D
- E to the Z
- Calvin Tang
- Adam Hobson
- .... and to any of you who donated anonymously!
Future RAV awards will be announced over at Calvin's Column.